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Next Gen Librarians

Apr - 25 - 2006
Nicole C. Engard

Well, I’m back at work. I had planned on doing all of this library related reading while I was home, but I was much busier than I had planned. So now I’m catching up on my reading. I just read an article by Rachel Singer Gordon in American Libraries (March 2006) titled “Next Generation Librarianship”.

I can’t share the article with you, but I can tell you that I can’t wait for my copy of Rachel’s book to arrive.

The article mentions some really interesting facts that I hadn’t thought of before. Like what? Well, like most people I was thinking of NextGen librarians as 20 somethings – but a NextGen librarian can also include people in their 40s or 50s – people who have decided to go back to school for their degree in library science. These people are coming into the workforce with more up to date knowledge about library systems and technology.

Which brings me to something I’ve been saying over and over – continuing education should be required for all librarians. If it were – would there be such a big distinction between the recent grads and the librarians who have been on the job for 20 years? If lawyers, teachers, insurance sales people, real estate agents, etc are required to continue their education in order to hold their title, why aren’t we?

If you can get your hands on a copy of this article, I recommend it. I’m sure I’ll have more to add once my book arrives.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Jennifer Valdes says:

    Are you kidding me??? Librarians are not required to take any kind of continuing education courses? Well, that explains that. I thought they were. I think they should be.

  2. Nicole says:

    I think some library districts or specific libraries do require it – but I know it’s not required at my library or any others I’ve visted.


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